Rolex Fastnet Sailing Race 2021

Make the Rolex Fastnet your challenge for 2021. Become part of a special team and take the helm on a racing yacht in this most infamous of yacht races.

  • A Training Weekend on the water getting to know the boat and your fellow crew mates
  • An ISAF Offshore Safety Course that includes a Sea Survival Course
  • 3 qualifying races
  • The Rolex Fastnet Race (August 2021)
  • Crew jacket and polo shirt
  • All yacht expenses - food on board, fuel, gas, berthing, professional skipper
  • Use of oilskins

In 2021, in a variation from the norm, indeed for the first time ever, the Fastnet Race will end in Cherbourg instead of Plymouth.

We are entering a Challenger 72. In addition we are entering a kevlar hull/carbon fibre deck Corby 45 and this page is about this Corby 45.

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To compete in this once in a lifetime challenge you will need the ability to be versatile, dedicated, committed and a team player. You will also be enthusiastic about sailing and racing a yacht.

You will need to have done some sailing but ideally have some racing experience but this is not strictly necessary. You'll also need to have a reasonable level of fitness as racing can be physically demanding.

In return, completing this challenge will give you with a huge sense of achievement - and hopefully a great result!

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The Skipper

The skipper is extremely experienced. He has skippered 15 Fastnet Races and 10 ARCs plus numerous other offshore races and has had over 50 RORC podium finishes.

There will be a mate who regularly instructs for First Class Sailing and 1 other watch leader.

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The yacht is 45ft long. She was built specifically for the Fastnet race 16 years ago. She has raced in numerous Fastnet and RORC races and the ARC.

Her hull is made of kevlar making her strong and light and slightly more flexible than carbon fibre. Her deck is carbon fibre.

She has an extensive sail wardrobe of about 28 sails including a choice of 12 spinnakers.

She is equipped to standard beyond that required by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the race organisers - the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC). She provides an extremely safe environment within which to participate in an event such as the Fastnet Race.

The yacht is very hands on and you will get a go at all the different roles. Most things require at least 2 people so team work will be key.

Down below the yacht is that of a functional race boat with 12 seperate bunks arranged in dormitory style and a heads. When racing you will be hot bunking which involves rolling your sleeping bag up and putting it in your locker. The galley is equipped with a gas cooker and large fridge.

The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the world's most prestigious and challenging Races yacht races. Since its establishment in 1925 the Fastnet Race has provided thousands of sailors with the ultimate challenge of rounding the Fastnet Rock.

Racing hard for over 600 miles for five days gives this race its tough reputation. In a field of up to 300 yachts you will race from Cowes to the infamous rock off Southern Ireland and for the first time ever the race will then finish in Cherbourg, often encountering some of the most demanding weather conditions.

The Royal Ocean Racing Club, who are the race organisers, rightly so, have strict entry criteria for both yachts and crews wishing to compete. The yacht/skipper/crew must complete 300 miles in offshore races as a team in the 12 months before the race.

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Sea Survival Course - 22 May in Basildon Underwater Studio

RYA/World Sailing Offshore Personal Survival Course - 13 June on Zoom

Classroom (Zoom) and swimming pool based training. Get to know your fellow crew mates and skipper.

Training Weekend - 15/16 May (Arrive yacht 1900 on 14 May)

Get to know the yacht and sail! You will join and depart from the yacht in Cowes.

Myth of Malham (1st Qualifying Race)

Starts Saturday 29th May The race starts and finishes of Cowes and goes around the Eddystone Lighthouse.

De Guingand Bowl (2nd Qualifying Race)

25-27 June Join the boat in Cowes. Starting on Saturday from Cowes, the race course is only ever confirmed the day before. It will take you out into the Channel and is often a highly strategic race.

St Malo Race (3rd Qualifying Race)

Starts Friday 9th July The race goes to St Malo. The boat will then sail back. Start and finish in Cowes.

Join the Yacht in Cowes

Race starts 8 August.

Depart the boat in Cherbourg on or stay on board to sail back to Cowes a day or so after finishing the Race.

The Fastnet Yacht race is probably the most famous offshore yacht race in the world. It has been organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club since 1925. Up to 300 yachts battle it out against the elements and each other. The course is from Cowes to Cherbourg via the Fastnet Rock off the southern tip of Ireland. At over 600 miles from start to finish, this race is THE aspirational race for novices and experienced sailors alike.

You will join the yacht in Cowes a day or two before the race starts on the Sunday. The time it takes to do the race depends entirely on the wind. Allow 5 or 6 days but you should set aside the week. Plus a day or so to sail the boat back if you choose not to get a ferry back.

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The price for the whole package is £4295 and includes the 2 Safety Courses, Training Weekend, 3 Qualifying Races, fuel/gas, oilskins, berthing fees and all food on board, plus, of course, the Fastnet Race 2021.

To pay a £1000 deposit and secure your place aboard use the following code when checking out: FASTNET2021

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Race starts Date TBC
Weekends and 1 week
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